Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CDL Training Online Feature Addition

CDL Training Online New Feature Announcement

Great news. We finished adding email notification to the trucking courses on the Safety as a Service platform. You can now check a box to send your truck drivers email notification of new assignments. Safety as a Service helps trucking companies and transportation departments recruit, hire, train and comply with FMCSA regulations.

Places to find the checkbox:

    At the bottom of the assign courses and edit assignment pages


    Under add/edit assignments for each driver

    Let me know if that works out for you.  If so, I would love some feedback or a testimonial on the site and how you use it if you get a chance.  Thanks and have a great day.

    Ray James
    Safety as a Service
    Commerce City, CO

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    Driving Downhill, in the Snow, with an Empty Trailer...for Newbies.

    Driving Downhill, in the Snow, with an Empty Trailer...for Newbies.

    Winter, 2012. 1:35PM. Sunny.

    If I remember correctly it was early December. I'm new to trucking and traveling with my trainer in a 2011 Kenworth, model T-...errr, T something or other...let's call it a T-SixMillion, or some such nonsense. The company we work for pulls a lot of wallboard out of Gypsum, CO. We are flatbed monkeys on a mission. My trainer is the best the company has and, for that, I am grateful.

    I'm behind the wheel heading west through Eisenhower tunnel. Trainer Man occupies the passenger seat and spews relevant advice in his mellow Mississippi accent. He knows what's ahead. I'm clueless—I may have even drooled at one point.

    Exiting Eisenhower, he instructs me to slow to a speed below the posted limit. Following a brief internal deliberation, I do as he suggests because I-70, on the west side of Eisenhower, is snow-packed and slick. We move to the right lane, apply the 4-way flashers, and begin our slow descent down the 75% grade. Oops, typo. It's a 7% grade. He then gives me the best piece of advice concerning traveling downhill on snow with an empty trailer, which is: WATCH YOUR TRAILER. An empty trailer, he explains, is more likely to slip and move laterally into another lane of traffic, especially when applying the brakes. If this happens, he recommends placing panic at the bottom of the list of things to do. The fix is simple. Just back out of it (code for easing off the gas) and wait for the trailer to move back behind the truck. As I'm listening to him, my speed slowly increases, and my eyes begin to cross. Sure enough, I tap the brakes and my trailer moves 2 feet to the left. I immediately ease off the gas and my trailer corrects itself in no time flat. Lesson embedded.

    Gravity Notes: On snow, an empty trailer is more hazardous than a loaded trailer because there is no weight on the trailer tires to assist with traction. This does not translate to ignoring a loaded trailer. Pay attention to your vehicle as much as possible while maintaining best safety practices. Makes it easier to avoid the pterodactyls that swoop down out of nowhere, grab your trailer, and carry it off to their mountain lairs, impressing the shit out of their girlfriends.

    Stay safe.

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Trucks World News: TRUCKING INDUSTRY * USA - Recruiting Trucking and Logistics Companies

    Trucks World News: TRUCKING INDUSTRY * USA - Recruiting Trucking and Logistics Companies

    Safety as a Service FAQ

    I am collecting and posting faq questions about Safety as a Service.

    Are your training courses available via the Qualcomm MCP200?
    Yes, our courses work on Qualcomm devices as long as the Qualcomm device can get internet access and play flash video content(Which most can).  There is two ways to activate the courses to play on Qualcomm.  1. If all of your drivers will be taking the courses on Qualcomm then after you get logged in, click on the Edit Company Info link in the blue link bar at the top of the page.  From there, you can read the description and activate the Qualcomm version of the courses for everyone.  2. If only a few drivers will be taking their courses on Qualcomm, then you just click on the drivers name to access their account info and then activate Qualcomm for each driver individually.

    Is it possible to pick and choose courses that fit our needs, and does each course have a certificate upon completion?
    Yes, the system is setup for you to group which courses you feel your drivers need and assign them to your drivers and track their progress.  All you have to do is click on the Driver Training tab after you log in and after you have added your drivers to the system that you want to train, then just click on the assign courses link in the blue link bar at the top.  From there you can preview courses and add only the ones you want to assign to your drivers.  It's a great system and extremely flexible.

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    World Champion Cycle Jumper Gary Wells is Coming to Colorado!

    September 12th Event added to CNS Schedule

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    Colorado National Speedway is excited to announce the addition of a bonus race event on Friday September 12th.

    On this night, in preparation for the 2014 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, we are excited to present:

    World Champion Cycle Jumper El Gringo Loco (also known as Gary Wells) will jump 12 semi trucks for the fans at Colorado National Speedway!

    Gary Wells Ceasers Palace Jump 1980

    Gary Wells is a World Champion Motorcyclist Extraordinaire!

    The following write-up was extracted from Gary Wells' Website:

    Gary has been featured nationally on all three major networks. (CBS Sports Spectacular, ABC That's Incredible, NBC Late Night with Tom Snyder, Mike Douglas, and Dick Clark Special, etc.)

    In 1980 Gary broke his own World Record in Melbourne, Australia with a 176' 4" jump. In the time period between January 1979 to April of 1980, there were seven attempts by six other jumpers (four English, two Australians) at this distance and all have been unsuccessful.

    The American stands unscathed and has thusly created a class of his own. The media has deemed him "a legend": one hundred and ten World Record jumps and only one accident.

    This accident being the infamous Caesar's Palace Fountains in Las Vegas, September 15, 1980. Fighting the toughest challenge of his life, Gary Wells completely recovered from the catastrophic crash (which would have killed a lesser man).

    During intermission on the 12th 

    EL Gringo Loco will jump 12 semi-trucks!

    DATE, TIME and PLACE!!!
    Friday night, September 12th, 6 to 10 pm-Colorado National Speedway.

    More Fun Stuff

    In addition to Gary’s motorcycle jump;

    • We will be racing the Gillett Vet Super Late Models 
    • The Lincoln College of Technology Pure Stocks and the
    • RMLRA Legend Cars.

    This event is presented by Gary's Job Board and CDL College to show our support of our Highway Hero's and to kick off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

    Come honor the people that always deliver your goods on time.

    Gary's Job Board and CDL College will be showcasing trucking companies. The V.I.P. lounge will be open to anyone with a CDL, or anyone that always wanted a CDL. This is your chance to mingle trucking company executives and see The World Renowned "El Gringo Loco" jump 12 semi-trucks to kick off National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

    Check out more exciting Gary Wells Pics

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Amazing Truck Driver Skills Forwards, Backwards and Sideways

    This truck driver has some amazing skills.  We don't hold truck driver rodeos like that in the United States: only in Russia.

    Post by Triple M Sydney.

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Creativity Attracts Drivers

    Truck drivers get bombarded with job advertisements. You need something that stands out. The more information the better. 

    Here is an actual email from a real life truck driver. 

    You need to stand apart from the other companies. You're competing with every company that needs a driver. 

    This is a good example of a creative company. 

    The driver will see the information that you add to the Job Profile form.

    The driver will see your CDL Job Profile from here and from the invite email sent from the system. Creativity Counts.